Succulent Display from Thrift Store Finds

I’m on a succulent craze and I just can’t get enough of them! Every time we visit a nursery, the first thing I look for are the succulents.

At this particular nursery, they had individual plugs as well as the pots shown below. I love to get as plugs and then grow them bigger in progressively larger plastic pots.

Once they’re big enough to re-plant it’s time to find them permanent homes.

Value village is my go-to store for thrift finds. Here’s what I found during my last trip; a grouping of 3 hexagonal ceramic planters…

… and a square ceramic plate – also ceramic.

I gathered up all my stuff: a specially mixed potting soil suitable for succulents which allows for drainage (succulents don’t like to be waterlogged), the three pots and an assortment of succulents. In the upper right side of the picture below you can see the copper pots I found on a previous trip to Value Village. They’ll be featured in a future post.

I started by removing the plugs from the containers. I was lucky that they already had holes. When they don’t have holes I just drill my own with a ceramic bit; it’s an easy fix.

I had scraps of landscape cloth which I used to cover the holes.

It keeps the dirt from escaping after watering.

I put the little pots into the planters to see what would look best and switched them around until I was happy with the result.

I removed one plant then added soil to the container. Here, I’m using some old potting mix from a plant that I replanted. I mix it in with the new stuff right in the pot.

Once it’s planted I mist the soil so the succulent will settle into it’s new home. I keep a spray bottle handy just for misting succulents. I find that it prevents them from getting too much water vs. a watering can.

Then I moved onto the next one.

It’s always a good idea to tease the roots out a bit

I use a plastic spoon to dig a hole to accommodate the plant.

After inserting into the hole, fill in any gaps with more soil and mist with water.

Since the last container was larger, I put two plants into that one. I also added a few decorative stones.

Lastly, I placed a silver coated ceramic bird off to one side. It adds a bit of sparkle and the bird is more than fitting given our blog name!

It looks so sweet nestled in amongst the succulents!

I arranged the 3 planters on top of the thrift store plate and set it in the sun in front of a window. The plate is shallow, but is perfect for catching any water spills!

After a few days, I took it down to my studio where it’s now sitting on top of our Roadside Rescue Waterfall Dresser:

There’s always room for a little more greenery in my craft studio!!

I love how the succulent spills over the front of the larger container!

Don’t forget to pin for later!

The hexagon containers aren’t the only ones I picked up at Value Village. I’ll have more succulent projects coming up soon that are a lot more exciting and unique so stay tuned.

For more indoor planter ideas, check out this project that uses upcycled soda bottles!

If you’re partial to succulents in the garden too, like we are, this post shows you how to make your own hypertufa planter. It’s perfect for succulents!

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Transform an Ikea Wall Cabinet with a Crackle Finish!

Hubs and I are supplement users so when our local pharmacy started a twice a year anniversary sale, we wanted to take advantage of the huge price savings. Unfortunately we didn’t have anywhere to store a 6-month supply of supplements until the next sale! Enter Ikea!

I initially thought we’d find a vintage wall cabinet that we could makeover, but one day while perusing Ikea’s ‘Now or Never’ sale online, I spotted the clearance of Godmorgon wall cabinets. Funnily enough, when hubs got to the warehouse to order and pick it up, the price was more expensive than advertised but he had printed out the ad so Ikea honoured it. The next day back on the website, I noticed that they hiked the price back up 🙂 Great storage score for us; it only cost us $49!

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Roadside Rescue Waterfall Dresser

If you follow Birdz of a Feather, you’ll know that my husband and I are big on saving things from landfill and have a penchant for curbside finds. Last summer hubs was out on errands and drove by a series of garage sale signs scattered across a few blocks. As he passed them one-by-one, he noticed that the signs were all taped onto various drawers.

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Tile a Wall (Pt 2): Install a Patterned Backsplash

Today we’re bringing back an updated and improved version of our step-by-step tutorial on how to install a patterned tile backsplash. It’s so exciting once you get to the tiling stage; it brings the vision together to help complete the space!!

Before hubs worked his reno magic, our basement laundry room started with humble dungeon-like beginnings. It had a typical builder set-up of a double sink and connections for the washer and dryer.

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Tile a Wall (Pt 1): How to Install a Ledger Board

Sometimes you get to a point in a renovation where you just can’t make decisions. That happened to us when we were finishing our basement laundry room and were ready to tile our laundry room backsplash. We knew we at least wanted to replace the counter top but we couldn’t decide whether or not to keep our old lower cabinets. Had we kept the lower cabinets and counter, we would have started our first row of tiling from the counter up to the underside of the cabinets and be well on our way to finishing our laundry room.

Since we couldn’t come to a decision and wanted to move ahead, we worked backwards. We purchased the tile and installed it before the rest of the finishes. Installing a ledger board offered a solution! Since we were starting with a clean slate (no lower cabinets) we knew that installing a ledger board would be a must-have step for supporting the weight of the tile as it dries. If you’re as indecisive as us and you want to move ahead with tiling a backsplash, keep this post handy: we’re going to explain how to install a ledger board. Our updated how-to guide for tiling a patterned backsplash will follow here tomorrow!

Here was our starting point in our laundry room renovation. We had both upper and lower cabinets installed.

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Staircase Makeover

You may remember our staircase makeover from a few years ago, but we’ve revamped the tutorial so it’s now better than ever! A staircase is often one of the first things you see when you step into a house and can really set the tone for the rest of the decor. Today we’re sharing how we stripped and refinished it.

Here’s a before of the hallway as it looked when I bought the house. The 80’s called and they wanted their wallpaper and blond oak trim back! No problem; we couldn’t wait to bring it into the current decade.

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10 Must-Do Steps Before Installing an Engineered Hardwood Floating Floor (Pt. 2)

Although there is no reveal at the end of this post, there’s an even bigger payoff – especially if you’re planning an upcoming flooring DIY – because it has some great tips to get you ready for a professional-looking floating hardwood floor installation. Pin it for future reference and share it if you know someone who might be interested!

This second in our series on installing an engineered floating floor is all about the prep work. It assumes you’ve already selected and calculated the amount of engineered hardwood you need. If you missed the first part where discussed those things and gave you 12 tips to shopping for engineered hardwood floating floors, check it out now before you read on.

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Milk Paint a Shelf!

Are you more eco-conscious than you used to be when it comes to paint? So are we! Many manufacturers are touting products that are made to be low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds), but did you know that there’s an ancient product still in use today that’s been low VOC all along? It’s milk paint!

We love milk paint because it’s all natural and eco-friendly – and because it comes from the earth, there are no chemicals in it. Milk paint is created today using traditional ingredients such as limestone, clay, casein (milk protein), chalk and natural pigments such as iron oxide. Because there are no VOCs, it’s the ideal product to use when painting indoors. And because it dries so fast, you can get a project done in just a few hours!

Milk paint is so versatile, we even incorporated it into our wedding day (we’ll show you an example of something we did for our wedding day at the end of this post)!

As eco conscious DIY’ers, we wanted to learn more about this outstanding product. We were also ready to discover new faux finish and crackle techniques, so a few years ago hubs and I spent a ‘crafternoon’ doing a milk paint workshop at Homestead House Paint Co. in Toronto.

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Tuna Can Swing Out Storage Tower

Whenever I look at the recycle pile, I see untapped potential. Little did I know that when I had an epiphany about the tuna can one day while making lunch, creating tuna can swing outs would be so addictive! I had never seen it done anywhere before, so it was quite an interesting challenge to figure out the mechanics of it.

You may have seen the two I did previously to corral hot drink supplies and to store costume jewelry. I’ve since created two new ones: for office supplies, like push pins and paper clips, and even one for a little friend to house his collection of hot wheels!

My husband and I have always been compelled to create using garbage finds and unexpected materials, so it was a natural progression to expand our blog to include crafts. We called our new craft section ‘Craft Rehab’ because our goal is to encourage others to try sustainable crafting. It’s all about the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle.

All good intentions aside, as much as we love to do our small part to divert waste, we’re also mindful that a project has to be easy to do and that the materials have to be readily available – or who’s going to want to replicate it? But it also doesn’t hurt to work in some ‘wow factor’. I think we accomplished those goals with this unique upcycle.

Along with the tuna cans, we’ve used recycled scrap paper for the labels, smoothie straws we had in the pantry, a plastic straw from a broken insulated cup, the end of a dried-up pen and leftover black iron pipe from another project. The Tuna Can Swing Out is both sustainable and practical: each can opens fully to reveal its contents then closes right up again for dust-free storage! You can use it for anything small: you’re only limited by your imagination.

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